Practicing archery at a Nebraska Game & Parks camp. 

Learn about archery or more about nature at one of these outdoor camps.


The church camp near Fremont has weeklong summer camps featuring a variety of fun activities, including ropes courses, zipline, paintball and swimming. Owned by the Mid-America District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, its programs are designed to “move people into deeper relationships with each other and with Christ.”

When: June 9-July 26

Where: Camp Rivercrest, 2840 County Road 13, Fremont

Who: Grades 1-12, including graduated seniors

Cost: $155-$440

Information: camprivercrest.org


The private Legacy School has two day-camp options. The Lower Camp, for those up to age 6, gathers at the school for arts and crafts and water fun, among other activities. The Upper Camp, with offerings ranging from nature activities to sports, takes advantage of the school’s 11-acre site.

When: May 28-Aug. 10

Where: Legacy School, Bennington

Who: Ages 3-6 for Lower Camp; those who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade for Upper Camp

Cost: $110-$220

Information: legacyschoolne.com


A wide variety of day and weeklong camps are offered at Camp Fontanelle, which is part of the Great Plans Conference of United Methodist Church camping ministries. A sports camp, tree monkey camp and zoobilee camp are among the offerings.

When: June-July

Where: Camp Fontanelle, 9677 County Road 3, Fontanelle, Nebraska

Who: Preschool to grade 12

Cost: $82-$384

Information: campfontanelle.com


Camps offer a wide range of activities. Younger campers can explore the world of mud and learn about nocturnal animals. Nature ninjas will study the art of stealth to view wildlife. One camp teaches survival skills and includes a canoe trip down the Nishnabotna River, while another will use the attributes of dragons and wizards to study nature. There’s also a camp for children with special needs. Some camps include overnight stays.

When: June 10-Aug. 6

Where: Various sites, including Arrowhead Park at Neola, Botna Bend Park at Hancock and Hitchcock Nature Center at Honey Creek

Who: 3 years old to those entering eighth grade

Cost: $15-$75


Camp Foster has been bringing summer fun to campers for a century. Camp Foster offers both resident and daily camps. Depending on the camp, a child’s adventure might include hiking, sailing and trapshooting, along with activities such as guitar, pottery and dance.

When: June 19-Aug.13; resident, half-day and full-day camp options available

Where: Lake Okoboji, Iowa

Who: Ages 4-17

Cost: $275-$625; financial assistance available

Information: campfosterymca.com

Nebraska Game and Parks Camps

The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln offers a variety of activity-filled day camps designed to help youths learn outdoor skills and participate in sports such as archery and marksmanship. The minimum age for most camps is 8. The center is at 4703 N. 44th St. Here’s a sampling of camps; find more information and register at outdoornebraska.gov.


Topics for beginners to advanced archers include range safety, equipment knowledge, scoring, introduction to competition — and lots of practice time. The camps are half-day sessions in the morning.

When: June 25-27; July 8-11

Cost: $90


Participants in the all-day sessions will learn the fundamentals of safe and successful hunting, including hunting techniques, firearm handling and marksmanship, species identification and tree-stand safety. Campers also will get hands-on experience with bow hunting equipment and firearms.

When: June 18-20; July 1-3

Cost: $125


This camp introduces a wide variety of outdoor activities from nature-based education to skill development. Participants select their sessions for the all-day camp. They include archery, firearms, fishing, kayaking, hiking, survival skills, outdoor cooking, wildlife education and crafts.

When: July 23-25

Cost: $10 per session; minimum $20 per day for each participant


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